A Spelunking We Will Go

Caving, Spelunking

Image Credit: Rajesh Misra

Space, vast, dark and deep
weathering rock underground
cave of adventure.

Ahhhh the great outdoors, or should I say the great underground doors? How brave are you to engage in the exploration of spelunking? If you are claustrophobic then this adventure may not be for you.

Spelunking is not for the faint of heart. Caving, also known as spelunking in the United States and Canada is the recreational pastime of exploring wild cave systems. It’s amazing to scan the raw texture of the natural underground formations, natural artistry suspended in the construction of electrifying unorchestrated mutations.

Caving, spelunking

Image Credit: Linnaea Mallette

Like an underground artist studio, these wild cavernous wonders draw us into an amazing quest into some incredible jaw-dropping sculptures.

Gibraltar Limestone Caves

Image Credit: Linnaea Mallette

Cave Of The Mounds

Image Credit: Yinan Chen

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Happy Spelunking!

The Rising-Setting Sun

Sunrise Panorama, Sun

Image credit: Jean Beaufort

I embrace the warmth and pastel hues splashed across the sky by the early morning sun. Yet, I also stand in awe and love the bold strokes of vibrant colors permeating across the sky from an evening setting sun.

The sun rises in the east

the sun sets in the west

which sun of the day’s sky

do you really like the best?

Stormy Night of Wonder

Storm, axelle b

Somehow, throughout the frightful night’s downpour saturated with outbursts of rumbling thunder and strikes of lightning, I find peace in the midst of the storm.

Stormy Night of Wonder

As thunder rumbles
like the foam of crashing waves
the heavens light up!

There are times when situations are fearful, uncertain, and downright scary that I am able to find a quiet sense of serenity as I keep my focus on my faith in God.

To Mother with Love: The Poetry of a Poet’s Poem

Claudette Gallant, Happy Mother's Day

We are approaching this 2020 Mother’s Day quite differently than we did Mother’s Day 2019 or the ones before. This year, many people I know are experiencing a motherless Mother’s Day, and oh what a difference a year makes. My heart goes out to all of you who may not be able to tell your mothers Happy Mother’s Day. Yet, for those of you who do, in spite of our global pandemic, you can still show your mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters, or anyone who has been a mother figure in your life some love. Plus, you need not wait for Mother’s Day to express such loving sentiments to them.

I purchased some greeting cards for my mother because our family shared a passion for giving cards for special occasions. Before I was able to give them to her, however, she passed away on Easter Sunday 2003. I never got the chance to give her these special cards that held a distinguishable meaning for me as I knew it would for her. It was part of the Maya Angelou series of Hallmark Cards. My mother was also a poet and that’s why I knew she would have appreciated the simple yet sentimental words from this amazing poet. Here’s a portion of the poetry from one of those cards:

Our mothers –
we belong to them.

Exquisitely,
our beliefs
and
our breaths
are made tangible
in their love.

So many wishes and dreams
have come true
because I have you
for my mother.
-Maya Angelou

The poetry of such comforting and endearing words expressed so sweetly and simply is a bundle of joy that could warm every vein meandering throughout a mother’s heart. Although it has been 17 years since my mother’s transition, I just could not part with these cards. The purpose of this purchase has a heartfelt connection to my mother, the poet, and her poem.

Wishing all of you mothers out there, in whatever form or fashion you employ, to enjoy this Mother’s Day and all of the days that follow.

Viva la Fiesta! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo

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Today we commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, during the Franco-Mexican War on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Celebrate culture

shout viva la fiesta

Cinco de Mayo

Although this celebration will be observed quite differently this year in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic, we still relish in the history, the tradition, the victory, and the spirit of Cinco de Mayo.

Viva la Fiesta!

Art Imitating Poetry Portraying Diversity

Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month

Image Credit: Academy of American Poets – Artwork by Samantha Aikman. Line excerpt from the poem “Remember” by Joy Harjo

“Without poetry, we lose our way.”
—Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate

You know, during this global pandemic we’ve seen evidence of art, performance art, and music flourishing on many virtual platforms. National Poetry Month, however, has sadly gotten a little lost in the shuffle. So right now, I would like to take this moment to bring literary celebrations back to poetry.

Joy Harjo, an internationally renowned poet, musician, performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation was named the first Native American poet to become the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate in 2019. She is the first of numerous Native American writers and bards to be awarded this prestigious honor in poetry.

Remember by Joy Harjo – 1951-

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother’s, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.
Remember.

Long overdue and well-deserved, Joy Harjo’s appointment shows diversity piercing its literary prongs into poetry notoriety since the inception of the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1937. Yep, it was a long time coming, but the tide of cultural representation in poetry and other areas of arts and humanities continue to evolve.

The Academy of American Poets offers a plethora of poems, information on poets, membership benefits, and resources for teachers and individuals, wanting to get their poetry muse on. Be sure to visit their site poets.org for access to more information.

Write poetry, explore poetry and share poetry on your blogs, social media platforms and with those who could use some poetry cheer! For April be sure to use the hashtag #NationalPoetryMonth to connect with other poetry lovers nationally and globally. By the way, poetry is quite therapeutic!